There is a nightly "Penguin Parade" on this tiny Australian island (PHOTOS)

Nov 14 2019, 5:24 pm

Stop everything you’re doing. Little Penguins are marching in Australia.

Phillip IslandĀ Nature Parks encourages visitors to “take a walk on the waddle side”Ā and witness the most gut-wrenchingly adorable site of the world-famous Penguin Parade.

Phillip Island is located just 90 minutes off the coast of MelbourneĀ and is home to one of Australia’s most popular attractions.

Each night at sunset, viewers are delighted and amazed by Little Penguins returning home from a hard day of fishing.

Visitors can observe the world’s smallest penguins in their natural habitat from viewing stands and boardwalks.

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A couple of Little Penguins, known as blue little penguin, walking together on the ground (Radoslav Cajkovic/Shutterstock)

Standing at only 33 centimetres tall, Little Penguins venture out of their burrows about an hour before the sunrise and swim upwards of 100 kilometres a day before journeying home at dusk.

As the sun descends into the horizon, Little Penguins waddle up the beach to the safety of their homes in the dunes.

The primary viewing area is located at Summerland Beach and has tiered seating with a 180-degree elevated viewing of the Little Penguin Parade.

Over 4,000 of the 32,000 of the Little Penguins that live in the waters around Phillip Island have built their burrows around Summerland Beach.


Beautiful view of Philip island with a unidentified group of people walking on wood board to enjoy sunset and looking for penguins (SAKARET/Shutterstock)

Viewers can also indulge in the cuteness of the penguins in their burrows via elevated timber boardwalks.

The surrounding landscape inspires the Penguins Plus viewing platform. It provides visitors with up-close and personal viewings of the penguins complete with ranger commentary on the enchanting lives of penguins.

The platform holds a maximum of 300 people and overlooks the most popular penguin pathway.

If that isn’t enough, there is also an underground viewing experience. Limited to only 70 people, the first-of-its-kind facility provides visitors with the opportunity to witness the waddling on the most popular pathway, at eye level.


lue penguin on Phillip Island, Australia (jlarrumbe/Shutterstock)

That’s right. You may actually make eye contact with one of these adorable little creatures.

Tours are available at different tiers.

The Penguin VIP Tour offers an elevated viewing tower as well as interaction with a ranger to assist in counting the penguins, which is a vital part of the ongoing research of the Phillip Island penguins.

The Ultimate Penguin Tour is more personalized. Designed for groups of up to ten people, guests can experience a fully accredited eco-tour and travel to a nearby secluded beach to view Little Penguins. Participants receive ranger commentary through personal headsets as they view the penguins with the help of night-vision technology.

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Australian Little Penguins (Leonard Zhukovsky/Shutterstock)

The Behind the Scenes Tour is a ranger-led tour that grants visitors the opportunity to witness what happens during the Penguin Parade and how researchers and rangers are doing their best to protect the Little Penguins. Guests will also be provided with tips on best viewing for the Penguin Parade.

Unfortunately, if you’re looking for the ultimateĀ awe-worthy gram, you may be disappointed. To protect the penguins, photography and filming are not permitted at the Penguin Parade.

However, there is a Penguin Parade app that allows users to learn more about the penguins, watch a burrow cam, gain access to an image gallery, and learn the individual statistics of the penguins.

We will now leave you with a series of ridiculously cute penguin photos.


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